So how much of our hard-earned income did Southwest Virginia's congresspersons pour down the crapper this year? The list:
Rick Boucher (D-9th District): 19 projects; $14.6 million
Virgil Goode (R-5th District): 41 projects; $21.7 million
Bob Goodlatte (R-6th District): 11 projects; $2.3 million
It's worth noting that Virgil Goode made the TV news last night. Brit Hume had a short segment on his Fox News show devoted to one of Goode's expenditures that I had brought attention to back when it was revealed in October - $100,000 to develop a walking tour of tiny Boydton, Virginia.
When it's not your money, why not spend it on nonsense like this, right Virge?
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't also mention the expenditures of our two liberal senators here in the commonwealth:
Warner (R-Retirement City): 122 projects; $251.2 million
Webb: (D-Ozone): 121 projects; $254.1 million
May they all someday hang their heads in shame.
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A summary of total government waste as identified by Citizens Against Government Waste:
In fiscal year 2008, Congress stuffed 11,610 projects (the second highest total ever) into the 12 appropriations bills worth $17.2 billion. The 11,610 projects represent a 337 percent increase over the 2,658 projects in fiscal year 2007. The $17.2 billion is a 30 percent increase over the fiscal year 2007 total of $13.2 billion. Only the Defense and Homeland Security bills included earmarks in fiscal year 2007, so comparisons of other bills are made between fiscal years 2008 and 2006. Total pork identified by CAGWsince 1991 adds up to $271 billion.For the love of God.